News and Press

Punch Historical Archive goes online
Read full article on Times Higher Education website

Punch Archive gives satirical look at history
Read full article on Information World Review website

Punch magazine digital archive will help researchers study First World War
Read full article on Centenary News website

10 amazing Punch magazine sketches from 1859 to 1981
Read full article on BBC History Magazine website

Sex, Silliness and Good Old British Pluck (written by Griff Rhys Jones)
Read full article on The Lady website

From 1841 to 1992 Punch was the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity – and how the rest of the world saw the British.

The fully text searchable online archive of PunchPunch Historical Archive 18411992 ─ is available for scholars, students and the general researcher to explore. The archive is an unrivalled resource for researching and teaching 19th and 20th century political and social history on key themes such as World War I and World War II; Wars and Conflicts; Colonialism, Imperialism and End of Empire; Impact of New Technology and Modernity; Public Health, Conservation and Environmentalism; Social Change; and The Role of Women.


  • Approx. 7,900 issues (200,000 pages) from all volumes of Punch between 1841–1992
  • Includes Almanacks and other special numbers, as well as prefaces, epilogues, indexes and other specially produced material from the bound volumes
  • Images originally published in full colour appear in full colour in the archive

Enhancing teaching, learning and research value

Gale, part of Cengage Learning is pleased to be collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University on the transcription of the Punch contributor ledgers from 1843–1919. With contributions to the magazine unattributed to 1902, information from the ledgers will be incorporated into the Punch Historical Archive, allowing users to identify contributors and better understand the nature of the magazine and the Victorian periodical press.


The intuitive online platform offers users multiple search paths including:

  • Basic search
  • Advanced search by index types: article title, keyword, entire document, caption or contributor
  • Limit searches by publication date, article type, illustration type or special issues
  • Browse by issue, special issue or contributor
  • Research tools include specially commissioned essays by scholars
  • All articles and image captions are fully text searchable with hit term highlighting

Advisory Roles

Academic Advisory Editor: Dr Clare Horrocks (Liverpool John Moores University)
Project Advisors: Helen Walasek and Andre Gailani (Punch Ltd)

Punch Historical Archive 1841–1992 is part of the Gale NewsVault programme. Gale NewsVault delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper collections, including The Times Digital Archive, Picture Post and The Listener. Providing access to over 11 million digitised facsimile pages, and more than 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past.

Gale NewsVault  is available to all Gale historical newspaper collection customers now, at no additional charge, enabling users to cross-search all of the Gale newspaper collections held by your institution.

Email us for a free trial for your institution or to get a quote.

Please note: Our databases and digital archives are only available for institutions to trial and purchase. They are not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking specific content within one of our resources, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article, issue or book, please contact your library and enquire about online access to our products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.